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Peter Schilling

While numerous new wave artists in the early '80s tried to imitate David Bowie, Peter Schilling went a step further. In 1983, Schilling released "Major Tom (Coming Home)," a synth pop retelling of Bowie's 1969 classic "Space Oddity." It became Schilling's first and only entry in the U.S. charts, a song that eventually stigmatized him as a one-hit wonder in America. Schilling was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 28, 1956. As a teen, Schilling couldn't decide on whether to be a soccer player or a singer. He chose music and his debut album, Error in the System, appeared in 1983. The single "Major Tom (Coming Home)" wasn't just popular in the U.S., it was a worldwide smash. The video was played often on MTV, as well, but Schilling was not able to equal its success. In 1989, Schilling collaborated with Enigma's Michael Crétu on the track "Different Story (World of Lust and Crime)," an admirable attempt at updating his sound and trying to return to the American charts. "Major Tom" was given a techno sheen in 1994, and the reworked song was welcomed in the clubs. A year later, Schilling formed the Space Pilots with Catyana Schilling, J. Feifel, and P. Magnet, recording Trip to Orion. ~ Michael Sutton
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Beautiful song
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bucknell2365
I can listen to that song ten times in a row and not get sick of it. Unparalleled creativity.� � ��
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jennifertuck e r 3 6
Love Love this song!!!!!���
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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This version is off the hook!
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this song has strong Moody Blues influenced vocals and production in the chorus...is it just me?...Buelle r ? . . . B u e l l e r ? . . .
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I love this song so damn much
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jarjar00
Breaking Bad
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pretty good artist
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Peter Schilling is the best!
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80's is the best
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How can you not love this song!
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I thought this was a David bowtie song before I read the description.













DAMN AUTO CORRECT!!!!! ! ! !
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al.moreno2
Reminds me of The Boathouse in Austin,Tx. Great memories
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Great memories!!
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I love this song peter schilling major tom
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Love your songs PETER SCHILLING
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Is this live? Or memorex!!!!
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One Of My favorito mix love it
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Nice song
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This is the only good song he did
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432- love this part-very dreamy-I loved dancing to this in my own little space on the dance floor as a teen
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I don't know why this has such an effect, but I'm free now.
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This was Gales's karaoke jam from breaking bad.
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funny thing is this is better than the follow up song (ashes to ashes) that bowie himself did
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you think this band is good, you should my hear my group Gay Black Nazis
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HUbcap was this is Breaking bad?
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Breaking bad.
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dylancharles 6
Just the fact there are so many comments about this song just goes to show you how much of an indelible effect it has on all of us. Great song!
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What a brilliant song! The lyrics are perfect, as is his vocal styling. An entire Bradbury short story in one song. 80s New Wave Rules.
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Awesome song!!
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One of my many 80's faves! :D
Love this song!
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Great song...80's the best music ever x ever
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No techno dance music. Not then, not now. How does this get on my Pandora ?
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I love this music, its the best dance music their is!!!
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gracegranada
This takes me back to my 13 year old self, awkward stage. Lol
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psion9999
I have always loved this song. Different Story is really great, too. You should check it out!
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Best karaoke song I've sang and getting the best crowd reception ever!
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One of my favorite songs!
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Such a good song!
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Different Story came out during my senior year....good memories.
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samuel.holme s 8 7
Don't like a classic change it!
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Should be Major Tool
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Love this song
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Classic. 80s
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Please: Definitive answer: Major Tong or Major Tom?
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Yep---
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infamouspook i e
Love diz song
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i love peter :D
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